Beethoven Festival


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Beethoven Festival featuring the Morgenstern Trio
March 5-6, 2022
1900 Building

The Friends are thrilled to welcome the Morgenstern Trio back to Kansas City for our first annual Friends of Chamber Music Beethoven Festival.  The Morgenstern Trio, the heir apparent to the Beaux Arts Trio, will be performing the entire piano trio cycle written by Ludwig van Beethoven in three concerts presented over two days.  

Two concerts on Saturday afternoon and evening will be interspersed with an engaging panel discussions proctored by Friends favorite Dr. Bill Everett, and a post-concert dessert reception with the Morgenstern Trio.  This promises to be one of the most exciting events in the Friends illustrious history, so save your seat today!

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Beethoven Festival Concert Program

March 5, 2022, 2:30 PM

Trio in G major, Op. 1, No. 2
Adagio- Allegro vivace | Largo con espressione | Scherzo:  Allegro | Presto
14 Variations for Trio in E flat major, Op. 44
Trio in B flat major, Wo0 39 (allegro)
Trio in E flat major, Op. 70, No. 2
Poco sostenuto | Allegro ma non troppo | Allegretto | Allegro ma non troppo | Finale:  Allegro

March 5, 2022, 8:00 PM

Trio in E flat major, Op. 1, No. 1
Allegro | Adagio catabile | Scherzo: Allegro assai | Finale:  Presto
Trio in B flat major, Op. 11
Allegro con brio | Adagio | Allegretto- Theme and Variations
Trio in E flat major, Wo0 38
Allegro moderato | Scherzo:  Allegro ma non troppo | Rondo:  Allegretto
Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1
Allegro vivace e con brio | Largo assai ed espressivo | Presto

March 6, 2022, 2:30 PM

Trio in C minor, Op. 1 No. 3, Op. 1, No. 3
Allegro con brio | Andante cantabile con variazioni | Menuetto: quasi Allegro | Finale: Prestissimo
Variations on “Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu,” in G major, Op. 121 A
Trio in B flat major, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)

Listen to the Morgenstern Trio

About the Morgenstern Trio

To name a piano trio after the popular nineteenth century German poet Christian Morgenstern was the inspiration of Catherine Klipfel, piano, Stefan Hempel, violin, and Emanuel Wehse, cellist, who met during their studies at the Folkwang Conservatory in Essen, Germany. After only two short years of working together, the Morgenstern Trio emerged on the German Music Scene by being awarded top prizes and awards, such as the prestigious US Kalichstein– Laredo – Robinson Trio Award in 2010. For the twenty prize concerts, the Morgenstern Trio has received superlative reviews and immediate re-invitations for following seasons. This prize catapulted them onto the scene in the USA with performances in Washington, DC’s Kennedy Center and at Carnegie Hall and other venues in NY, followed by concerts in such cities as Chicago, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Carmel, Louisville, Lexington, to Palm Beach. The Washington Post wrote: “the group displayed a unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination that I thought had vanished from the scene with the demise of the Beaux Arts Trio”.

A few years earlier, the trio took First Prize at the International Joseph Haydn Competition in Vienna, followed by two second prizes: the “Fifth Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition” and the prestigious “ARD Competition in Munich”, where they also received the audience prize. In the previous year they had already won the competitive scholarship of the “German Music Competition” and most recently, the Morgenstern Trio was selected by the ECHO (the European Concert Hall Organization ) for the “Rising Star Series „ granting debut concerts on all the European important stages in Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam, Cologne, Brussels, Birmingham and Stockholm to name a few and was named “ensemble in residence” at their Alma Mata, the Folkwang Conservatory. The Germany’s national program for young musicians and the “Best of NRW” Concert Series has provided the Morgenstern Trio a noticeable platform with numerous concerts across Germany and live radio appearances to showcase their already consummate musicianship. The Summer 2014 marked their inauguration of their own Morgenstern Festival in Germany offering eclectic programs with guest artists. Other festival appearances include the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades/France, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Heidelberger Fruehling, the WDR Musikfest and the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland. The debut LIVE CD released in 2008 which features works by Beethoven and Brahms has captured presenters and critics alike. Mentors, such as the Alban Berg Quartet and Menahem Pressler have given the Morgenstern Trio invaluable coaching and musical insight.